BBC LICENCE FEE IS A MEDIEVAL ANACHRONISM – According to a number of MPs the BBC licence fee is a medieval anachronism that is nothing more than a coercive system that is backed up by the threat of imprisonment.
Well that’s a mouthful of a statement and I was beginning to think I was the only one who thought this draconian institute should be subject to public accountability.
I really don’t have much time for the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for their dealings with the likes of the BBC often result in nothing more than a very expensive public circus with no tangible results.
No doubt you witnessed on the news the condescending way in which Lord Patten views public over-sight and accountability – if not then the video below will provide you with full realisation that Lord Patten firmly believes that the public are mere minions that have no right to know how public money is being spent; especially at the BBC.
Recently meebal.com published an article that explored the possibility of scrapping the BBC Licence fee, therefore forcing the corporation to make its way in the world without having to fleece the taxpayer through what is little more than coercive legislation.
According to one Tory MP, Robert Halfon, he feels that a licence fee can only be justified if those who pay for it have the right to elect the chairman and its board of directors.
Yes, such a system could work, after all if our Government doesn’t perform then the taxpayer has the right to vote for a new political party at predetermined General Elections – surely such a system could be introduced for a corporation that wholly depends upon taxpayer’s money to keep it operational.
The fact is that Mr. Halfon’s views are correct, in that he states that under the current system the BBC is nothing more than a corporation being protected by legislation that makes it as undemocratic as a feudal monarchy.
Over the last 18 months alone the BBC has been embroiled in a series of scandals that have reduced the public’s trust in the corporation. The on-going scandals involving severance pay and Jimmy Savile which continues to reduce the trust further; this certainly isn’t helped when the likes of Lord Patten appear vainglorious towards those are forced to provide funding.
Mr. Halfon wants to reform the BBC so that the fee payer is seen more as a shareholder and therefore has voting rights.
There appears little doubt that the public has become disenfranchised with a once highly regarded institution; however the public mainly feel that the BBC is nothing more than a bloated public funded corporation where incompetent fat cats are provided with vast salaries with almost no accountability.
It is interesting to note Mr. Halfon’s idea of casting the public vote on the BBC. He feels that a website could easily be setup whereby each licence fee payer has a unique pin number and will therefore be able to vote on all issues concerning the running of the BBC and the appointment of the chairman and board.
This particular idea has been suggested on numerous occasions by meebal.com in order to provide the British public with a vote on the EU. Such a system could also be effectively used on a number of other Government related issues in order to bring back full democracy to Britain.
Until positive measures are made in order to better control the actions of those running the BBC the taxpayer will continue to be forced to pay the licence fee – of course public opinion would certainly account for a lot if the British public, en mass, collectively refused to pay it; as such a revolt would not allow the courts to prosecute such a vast number of people and a change in the law would, under the majority democratic view of the people, require changing.
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